Nonprofit Job Seeking Forum
Frustrating job search - any ideas on the missing link? (positive replies only, please!) (2 replies)
I am a skilled immigrant originally from the UK, and believe I have a lot to offer the US... I have lived in the US for 7½ years (worked in health policy/public health research for 5½ years and had my own business for 2 years). I have been applying for research/policy analyst jobs (in nonprofits and other nonacademic settings) since November 2015, and am at a loss as to why I’m struggling so much in finding a job where I’m currently living (Atlanta area) or anywhere else in the US for that matter.
I’m doing all the “right” things in terms of what helped me get jobs easily in the past (that is, a) applying formally for jobs that are advertised and b) sending speculative letters via email), but what worked for me in the UK in 2007 and prior years doesn’t seem to be working for me in the US in 2016. While I managed to land a great job in Atlanta in 2007 ironically when I was still in the UK, what baffles me is that I am actually physically located in the US now (in Atlanta which seems to have 100s of public health research vacancies) yet I cannot seem to generate any interest whatsoever in my current job-seeking endeavors.
I pride myself on having achieved things/gotten jobs through innovative methods in the past and wondered if anyone could shed some light on what I’m doing wrong now, because I’m obviously missing something that I should be doing. I now understand that in the US, particularly in Georgia, that a lot of one’s job search depends on networking/who you know, so the “applying for advertised jobs route” and speculative letters approaches that worked so well for me in the past/in the UK may be what is letting me down now. Unfortunately, I never mastered the US networking game while I was in my previous job, so you’ll appreciate that my position is even trickier right now.
I’d be grateful for any tips/advice in how to go about securing a research/policy job in Atlanta or elsewhere in the US because I really am at a loss as to what to do at this time. For further information, I have included these links:
If you haven't already tried this one . . . http://www.idealist.org - everything nonprofit - local and remote opportunities.
Thanks very much for directing me to this site... appreciate it. It looks like a great resource.